Consumers have been justifiably worryed about Toyota cars because of the company’s latest auto recall after several fatal car accidents were caused by unexpected accelerations. The acceleration problem caused the wrongful death of an off-duty CHP officer in San Diego as well as several other car accidents in the United States.
Toyota has proposed a plan to fix the design defect in 2005-2010 model Toyota Avalons, 2007-2010 Camrys as well as the Lexus ES350. This plan comes the day after Toyota recalled about 110,000 pickup trucks in cold weather states because too much rust causes the spare tire to loosen underneath the trucks.
UPDATE: Toyota has issued a recall for defective accelerators.
Our products liability lawyers know that not all cars are made perfectly. Sometimes, there are design defects that can cause car accidents. It’s important for car companies to act fast when these defects are found, though to prevent car accidents.
One of the measures Toyota will take to fix the problem is the shortening of the gas pedal and installation of a new brake system on the almost 4 million cars recalled. Toyota will reconfigure the floor surface underneath the pedal to create more space between the pedal and the floor.
There will be a brake over-ride system offered on the Camry, Avalon and Lexus ES and IS models which should make sure the car stops if the accelerator and brake are pressed at the same time. Toyota plans to make this standard in products starting in January of 2010.
Holman Jenkins, a writer at the Wall Street Journal, recently wrote an opinion piece about what he believes was the biggest mistake Toytota has made with this deadly design defect.
“Toyota’s delayed ‘off’ switch is inexcusable,” Jenkins wrote. “Bad enough is that its function was only explained deep in the owner’s manual — in any case, three seconds is too long at 100 mph.”
Our products liability attorneys believe that even though Toyota is taking steps to prevent future car accidents with changes to some of its products, we wonder if these car accidents could have been prevented with the proper testing before the cars hit the market. Unfortunately, no one will ever know. At least Toyota is fixing the problem now before more people get into needless auto accidents.
While you cannot always prevent a car accident, you can make sure that you’re prepared by checking out our auto insurance policy resources.
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